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Secondary school admissions

Questions and answers - Starting secondary school

Can I apply for a school place online?

An online application form is available at Supplementary forms for applicants applying for Blue Coat Church of England School and the Seva school can also be downloaded.  However, these must be returned to the preferred direct in the paper format.

We went through the secondary admissions process three years ago with our older child. Has anything changed?

Yes.  There have been major changes to the admissions criteria for most schools in respect of admissions and appeals.  Please check the information on this website to see how the process will work in 2018. If you don’t understand the process, you can also discuss it with the School Admissions  by emailing

What happens if I miss the 31 October 2017 deadline?

We will deal with applications for school places based on whether we receive them late or on time.  However, if your application is late it will not be dealt with until after 1 March 2018.  You will not receive a letter regarding the outcome of your application until April 2018, and it is very unlikely you would get a place in any of the popular, oversubscribed schools.

All applications which we receive by 31 October 2017 will be on time.

What happens if I move after the deadline for receiving applications?

If you move before 31 December 2017, then your preferences will be looked at in relation to this new address. We will only take into account a new address when you are actually living there and it is the child's permanent only or main residence.

If you originally put down 3 preferences for that address, you may also wish to change them to take into account your new one.

If you move after the deadline of 31 December 2017 it will not be possible to take your new address into account for the school offered on 1 March 2018.  We will only be able to use your new address for allocating a place from April 2018.  You should be aware that there may not be places available in oversubscribed schools at that time.

How can I find out more about a particular secondary school?

How can I find out which secondary school my primary school is linked to?

There is a feeder school link between the Catholic primary schools and the Catholic secondary schools in the city.  You can find out more about which schools are linked and the level of priority this will give your application by checking the admission policies.

For all other primary schools there is no link with any of the secondary schools in the city giving priority for admission.  Policies can be found at

How do I find out which my catchment area school is and how far away I live from my preferred school?

You can find out details of your catchment area school (which is not always your nearest school) and the distance from an address to a school by emailing the School Admissions at You will need to give a postcode and a house number.  You can also visit

If I register my child at a school, does this guarantee them a place there?

No.  You will only be considered for a place at a Coventry secondary school if you complete an application.

Can I write to support my application?

Yes.  You have the legal right to explain your reasons for wanting a particular school, including philosophical or religious reasons.  However, these reasons will only be taken into account if they are directly linked to the admissions criteria for the schools you have listed on your application.

I know which school I want my child to go to. Why should I request other schools?

If you only request one school you cannot be certain that your child will be offered a place there and, if you are unsuccessful, you will not be considered for any other school.  If other local schools have more applicants than they have places, they will be full at 1 March 2018.  Therefore you run the risk of being allocated a school some distance away.

You are strongly recommended therefore to use all your preferences.  Doing so does not reduce your chance of getting your first preference school.

If you intend to apply for an independent school it is also recommended that you apply for 1 or more of the schools listed on  

I’ve heard there will be a new school in my area, where will I find details?

Details of all schools and their policies are listed on the website.  If there are any changes to this we will publish updates.

How do I make an application for WMG Academy?

The WMG Academy admits pupils aged 14-19 (transfer at year 10).  Pupils in year 9 can apply online by 31 October 2017.

What if I do not live in Coventry but want my child to go to a Coventry school?

We treat all applications equally, no matter where you live.  However, you must complete an application to the Local Authority you pay your council tax to.  Your Local Authority will then contact Coventry who will in turn inform them if they are able to meet your request.  Your Local Authority will then inform you on 1 March 2018 of the outcome of your application.  However if you do not qualify for a Coventry school, your Local Authority will be responsible for making sure your child has a school place.

Please make sure you read the admissions policies of Coventry schools.

Many have policies which include priorities based on catchment areas and distance.

What can I do if I don't get the places I want?

Your offer letter will explain the reasons why it was not possible to offer you a place at your preferred school and the process for appealing against this decision.  Your child's name will also be included on a waiting list(s), which means that we will consider your child for any places that become available after the initial allocation on 1 March 2018.

There is no guarantee however, that a place will become available or that you will get one if it does.

Being on a waiting list for one school does not prevent you from visiting others.  We would strongly recommend you visit any preferred school.  You can decide to accept our offer of a place at another school and still go on a waiting list.

For all schools in Coventry, places that become available after 1 March 2018 allocation will be offered by applying the admissions criteria to everyone on the waiting list.

You can appeal against all decisions about secondary school admissions.  This means that you have a chance to put your case to an independent appeal panel made up of people who have had no connection at all with the original decision.

How do I get onto the waiting list for a school?

If you are not offered a place at a school you placed as a higher preference to one you have been allocated, then you will automatically be placed on a waiting list for that school/those schools.  This will continue until a place can be offered to you, or until the end of the Autumn Term 2018.  After this date, if you wish to remain on the waiting list you may need to re-register your interest in your preferred school with the School Admissions or the school.  Please check individual schools policies for details of their respective arrangements.

If places become available and there are more children on the waiting list than places, how are the available places allocated?

If there are more children on the list than there are places available we will allocate the places to those who best meet the admissions criteria.  We will use the same criteria as in 1 March 2018 allocation process.

Can I find out where I am on the waiting list for a particular school?

Yes.  By contacting the School Admissions, staff will be able to inform you of the position you hold on the list.  It is important to remember that you can move up or down this list depending on whether other children come onto or go off the list.  You can come off or go on the list at any stage in the process.  For this reason we can only guarantee the position of your child on the list on the date of communication.

My child already attends the school I want my younger child to go to but they will be in year 12 in September (sixth form) will they still count as a sibling at the school?

Some trust schools and academy policies only take account of siblings of compulsory school age i.e. 16, so older siblings who will attend years 12 or 13 from September 2018 will not be counted.

Please check individual policies for the position with each school.  Policies can be found at

Can I apply for a place at a secondary school in another Local Authority area?

Yes.  If you are a Coventry resident you can apply for a school place in another authority by completing Coventry’s application.  You do not need to complete an application form in that authority as well.

However, if your 3 preferences of schools are all outside Coventry, we would strongly advise that at least one of these preferences is a Coventry school in your local area or your catchment area school - this will give you a higher chance of receiving a suitable school place offer on 1 March 2018.

You should make sure that you check the admission policies of schools outside of Coventry by asking other authorities for a copy of their information booklets.

Staff at your child's primary school will be happy to help or you can email the Admissions and Benefits Team at

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